California

Hotels in California

Location, location, location…the 199-room Vitale has it in spades. Not only is the hotel right on the Embarcadero—three minutes’ walk from the Ferry Building and facing the bay—but it sits all alone on its own block.

In 2010, the Spanish-inspired La Casa del Camino, in arty Laguna Beach, launched the Casa Surf Project, 10 one-of-a-kind suites dedicated to surf culture.

This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore.

This Spanish-style inn, located in the Presidio District, is only three blocks from Santa Barbara’s main drag, State Street. Each of the 23 rooms has a sitting area with a fireplace, and all reservations include a daily complimentary continental breakfast with quiche and espresso drinks.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at this lower Nob Hill landmark, formerly the York Hotel.

Opened in 1911, this eight-floor Art Nouveau hotel is located between the financial district and Moscone Convention Center, just a six-minute walk from Union Square. Inside, the lobby is designed with vintage furniture, original skylights, and a huge handcrafted fireplace.

The stucco buildings with orange tiled roofs have been recently updated and are set around a lush garden of date and fan palms near a warm-spring-fed pool.

Behind the Marmont’s lush, paparazzi-shielding hedges, discretion and privacy rule—a trait that has made it an infamous favorite of celebrities.

A half-hour drive "down valley" from better-known Palm Springs, the tranquil, Mediterranean-flavored Miramonte in upscale Indian Wells is a golf-lover's dream, with three nearby championship courses.

The all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort opened in 1989 in a bougainvillea-and-hibiscus-filled canyon 25 miles north of San Diego and remains southern California’s only Relais & Château property.

Immensely appealing for both kids (playroom, water park, and Guitar Hero-equipped teen center) and parents (43,000-square-foot spa and holistic center founded by Deepak Chopra).

Within walking distance of historic old town, restaurants, and museums, the Westin Pasadena offers 350 rooms, just 12 miles north of Los Angeles. From the mosaic reflecting pool out front to the heated rooftop pool, this 12-story property includes numerous relaxation options.

The property offers heated indoor pool and complimentary breakfasts; guest rooms all have their own fireplaces.

Actress Cynthia Foster and her environmental economist husband, Karel Samson created the hotel and have pledged a percentage of their profits to local charities. The three solar-powered bungalows are just a five-minute walk from the ocean and the boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.